Marjorie "Marge" Gabruk, 93, of East Syracuse died peacefully at the Iroquois nursing home in the early morning hours of Saturday September 16, 2017.
Born on September 28, 1923, in North Norwich, NY, she was the daughter of the late Asa and Cecil Peck. Marge attended Norwich High School and graduated in 1941. Marge moved to East Syracuse after High school and lived there for the rest of her life.
Marge had a long career working as a civil servant and was a long time active member of the CSEA union. After raising her five children, she started working for the Town of Dewitt and worked many more years for Onondaga County at several locations, ending as a Clerk at the Fairmount Children's Center. She was known for being a passionate and detailed record keeper, and also famously known by co-workers for making elaborate personal collages made of newspaper and magazine clippings for lucky individuals on their special occasions. She retired in 1988 and went on to enjoy 29 years of retirement.
Marge was proud of our country all of her life. Anyone who knew her saw her love of the American flag and respect she had for the military services. On the back of her monument is etched a waving American flag.
Marge was a member of the East Syracuse American Legion Post 359 Ladies Auxiliary, and was President (1976-78). She held numerous other positions over the course of 47 years including: Secretary, Treasurer, and Membership. She was also Onondaga County Past County President (1983-84) and a member of the 8/40 Petit Salon 154 for 41 years, an organization aiding disabled children with Cystic Fibrosis. Simultaneously, Marge held numerous positions in the VFW starting in 1969. Marge was actively involved in these organizations and proudly marched with her units.
She married the late Francis W. Gabruk and had five children together. Marge is predeceased by her oldest daughter Susan Pidkaminy of Syracuse and sister Mildred Hazard of North Norwich, and survived by her children: James (Brenda) Gabruk, William (Corrine) Gabruk, Sharon Calabria, and Mark Gabruk. She also has 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Marge was a caring, thoughtful, and endlessly supportive mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She personified what is a good listener and doer.
Marge had a variety of interests and was involved with numerous activities. She liked keeping plants, gardening, attending to her personal collections, orange cats, and loved to dance. Hosting a family gathering on Christmas eve for over three decades was one of her greatest joys. She liked to travel to American Legion conventions and to various cities on vacation. Also traveling on village of East Syracuse sponsored senior citizen bus day trips. Every fall she went to the Salvation Army Long Point Seniors camp on Seneca Lake.
Marge was on the East Syracuse American Legion Dart League for a number of years. She also enjoyed Bowling on Monday nights for over four decades in the East Syracuse bowling league and was honored on the cover of The CNY Striker bowling publication in November 2010 for bowling 40 consecutive years.
Please join the family in celebrating Marge's life at Delaney Greabell Adydan Funeral Home in East Syracuse, NY on Wednesday September 27 from 4 to 7 pm. Please bring memories to share.
On Thursday September 28, 2017, on Marge's 94th birthday, there will be a Prayer service at Delaney Greabell Adydan at 8:30 am, followed by a Requiem Mass at St. Matthew's Church at 9:00 am. Services at St. Mary's cemetery in Minoa, NY will be held after the mass.
St. Mary's Cemetery Minoa
N. Main St.
Minoa, NY, 13116
SEP 27. 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Delaney Greabell Adydan Funeral Home
241 Kinne St East
Syracuse, NY, US, 13057
Mass of Christian Burial
SEP 28. 09:00 AM
St. Matthew's Church
229 W. Yates St.
East Syracuse, NY, US, 13057